Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
A congregation of Mennonite Church USA
Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
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May 29, 2016

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Berkey Announcements

Congregational Meeting Update

MeetingAt the May 15 meeting, all items on the agenda passed, though with some amendments. The minutes were emailed to the congregation Friday morning. There are also printed copies available on the literature rack by the mailboxes. You will have a chance to make corrections or approve these minutes at the next congregational meeting.

All Church Picnic

picnicTo kick off our summer quarter we are planning an All Church picnic after the worship service next Sunday, June 5. Please bring along your favorite summer picnic dishes of salads, finger foods and desserts to share. Also, bring along lawn chairs, blankets, and lawn games. Weather permitting we'll plan to eat outside in the side lawn and enjoy sunshine, food, lawn games and fellowship time together. The Roth/Moshier Small Groups are hosting.

Commission Candidates

ldtThe Leadership Discernment Team (Dan Williams, Lavonn Hostetler, Abbe Buller, and Dan Schrock) is pleased that the following persons have agreed to serve on our commissions and in other roles. We will vote to affirm  these during the June 12 worship service.

BAMF Servant Leadership Ballot for 2016-2017
(Terms are 3 years unless otherwise noted.)
Spiritual Leadership Team/Elders:                                   
        Margaret Stoltzfus          
Caregiving Commission/Deacons:
        Doug Baker         
Christian Education Commission:
        Ruth Roth                
Fellowship Commission:
        Sherry Wenger            
        Sherry Hug                        
Mission Commission:
        Anna Sawatzky   
Stewardship and Finance Commission:
        Dale Snyder      
Worship Commission:
        Merrill Krabill  
Congregational Chairperson:
        Greg Smucker (1-year term)        
Congregational Secretary:
        Denise Risser (1-year term)   
IN-MI Conference Delegates:       
        Beth Berry (1-year term)     
        Darin Short (1-year term)   
 MC USA Delegate:
        John Roth          
        (Dan Schrock will also be a delegate)

Worship Series on the Senses

Worship SeriesDuring the month of May, the Worship Commission has arranged for a special series on the five senses. Our overall theme is “Awaken us, God, to who we are!” Although our five senses are integral parts of our embodied human experience, we aren't always aware of the role these senses play in our life with God. Our goal in this series is to explore some of the ways the senses enhance our relationship with God.
  • May 1 - Touching
  • May 8 - Hearing
  • May 15 - Seeing
  • May 22 - Baptism at the pond
  • May 29 - Smelling and Tasting  

Summer Nurture Hour Schedule

Summer Sunday SchoolJune 5 - All Church Picnic (No Nurture Hour classes)
June 12 - Inter-generational classes for everyone
June 19 - Inter-generational classes for everyone
June 26 - Inter-generational classes for everyone
July 3 - Holiday, worship only (No Nurture Hour classes)
July 10 - All Church Picnic (No Nurture Hour classes)
July 17 - Inter-generational classes for everyone
July 24 - Inter-generational classes for everyone
July 31 - Inter-generational classes for everyone
Aug. 7 - Inter-generational classes for everyone
Aug. 14 - Inter-generational classes for everyone
Aug. 21 - All Church Fellowship Meal and Congregational Meeting (No Nurture Hour classes)
Aug. 28 - Celebration Sunday/Refreshments (No Nurture Hour classes)

Magazine Renewals

magazineIt is time to renew subscriptions to Rejoice and Purpose magazines. Checks should be given to Ruth Hathaway. See prices and descriptions below:
  • Rejoice ($28.30): Nurture your soul through the quarterly devotional magazine Rejoice! Each day's entry includes a Scripture reading, a short inspirational message, and a prayer response. The magazine also includes touching stories, poems, and daily prayer requests representing Mennonite mission workers, schools, and church agencies.
  • Purpose ($26.85): Let Purpose fill your heart and enrich your daily Christian walk with inspirational stories, columns, and verse. This magazine regularly features articles on food, peace, humor, and includes resources for faithful living.

New to Our Library

libraryRazing Hell, by Sharon Baker, is a book referred to when Dan Schrock preached a sermon on hell. This book is useful to Christians struggling to reconcile Jesus' sacrifice and a loving God with the place of punishment and the necessity for justice. Baker explores where traditional views of hell come from and how important it is that we be open to rethinking them. 

Thank You

thanksThank you for the the kind words, prayers, cards, and beautiful plant in response to the death of Jenny's father. It is comforting to have such a caring church family. -- Jenny and John Hooley

Graduation Open Houses

open houseInvitation from Jane Wang, Ruth and John Roth

I (Jane) have enjoyed being part of Berkey these last two years. The best part was being able to help take care of all the adorable Berkey toddlers during worship. I am graduating from Bethany High School on May 29. You are all invited to my Graduation Open House at John and Ruth Roth's house on Saturday, May 28, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. We hope you can come be part of the celebration.

open house Invitation from Nick, Jennifer and Dan Schrock

You are invited to Nick Schrock's open house on Monday, May 30, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at 64366 Meadow Ridge Dr. Goshen. The Schrocks will be having a potato bar and fruit slushies.

open house Invitation from Loren, Missy and John Schrock

You are invited to celebrate Loren Schrock's graduation from Northridge High School at an open house on Saturday, June 4, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at 58150 Conor Ct, Goshen.

open house Invitation from Kyle, Anita and Dale Snyder

You are invited to Kyle Snyder's graduation open house on Saturday, June 4, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at 12476 County Road 36, Goshen.

Throwback Thursday

Head on over to our Facebook page for a photographic collection of our early history -- complete with difficult to recognize building features, incredible hairstyles and clothing, and who knows what else we will dig up! Play along and see if you can spot anybody you know, and don't forget to like our page if you haven't already!

Do you have an announcement for the Newsletter? Submit your announcement to the office by noon on Thursday. Announcements received after the deadline will be printed the following week.


Our Schools

icon_bcs Bethany Christian


Bethany Christian High School will hold its 62nd annual commencement today at 3 p.m.

Summer Camp

Bright Time Summer Camp, June 6-10, has more than 50 athletic, fine arts, science, and all kinds of fun camps for age 4 through rising grade 8. Most camps are $30-$40. Additionally, Shine On Campcare provides a place for children: before, between, and after their camps. View camp listings and register online. Online registration closes May 25.

Goshen College Goshen College

GC basketball "Little Leaf" camps are available for boys and girls age 6-13. See details on the bulletin board by the mailboxes or go online.

AMBS Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Learn how to accompany people on their spiritual journeys and guide them to deeper faith in God through the Spiritual Guidance Seminar at AMBS! Offered biennially, this supervised program is for pastors and other leaders who want to become spiritual guides. The class meets on campus five times, August through May. The instructor will be Daniel P. Schrock. Find more information online.

Community Announcements

First Friday Menu for The Window

The Window's executive director, Ed Swartley, will be serving his famous enchiladas along with a side vegetable and Pennsylvania Dutch Surprise for dessert. The suggested donation for this meal is only $9.00.

MDS Detroit

You are invited to watch this YouTube video of volunteers working in Detroit after flooding problems.


Have something to sell, rent or lend?  Want to buy or borrow something? Looking for a job or wanting to volunteer? This is the place to have it be known!
A cafeteria aide is needed at Bethany Christian Schools. The position is 2-3 hours per day during the school year starting August 2016. Duties may vary, but primary responsibilities consist of serving students and cafeteria cleanup with occasional food preparation. The capacity to work effectively in a team setting and good people skills are helpful.

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary is now hiring a full time Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator. For more information, visit them online.

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary seeks a half-time administrative assistant for enrollment and financial aid. Qualifications include strong organizational and communication skills, ability to work accurately with details and confidentiality, ability to work independently and with a team, and strong computer skills. For a job description, visit their website. To apply, send letter of application and resume to Daniel Grimes, director of enrollment and financial aid.

The Depot is seeking a Facilities Manager. This full-time position will manage the day-to-day operations of The Depot in Goshen, which houses the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) thrift shop, material resource center, MCC Great Lakes office and several other organizations. Duties include building maintenance, grounds upkeep, equipment management, administrative duties and relationships with tenants. The Facilities Manager is accountable to The Depot Board of Directors. For more information, contact Ben Shirk, 574-536-8716. Send resumes to: Ben Shirk, 63341 CR 33, Goshen, IN 46528. Deadline to apply is June 30.




May 29
High School Graduation Reception, 11:45 a.m.

May 30
Intercessory Prayer, 7:00 p.m.

June 1
SLT, 7:00 p.m.

June 2
Ladies Lunch Bunch at Sue Byler's home, 11:30 a.m. RSVP to Laverne Nafziger or Sue Byler.

June 4
Men's Breakfast, 7:00 a.m.
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Anniversaries This Week
Mark and Jenny Yoder
Jason and Patricia Lehman
Lyman and Sherry Hug
Amos and Janice Hostetler

Birthdays This Week
Ben Buckwalter
Lavonn Hostetler
Mariah Martin
Ruth Hathaway
Wilma Shank
Elise Derstine
Brandon Yoder
Luke Nafziger
Nathan Hostetter
Tavi Mounsithiraj
Terri Neufeld
Neil Miller Richer

PrayerPlease contact the office by noon on Thursday with prayer requests.

Love is a Verb: Planning for Orlando 2017, to be held July 4–8, is underway! We invite your prayers for the Convention Planning staff members and the Worship Planning Committee as they make decisions that will give shape to this gathering.

In the land of Jesus birth, an outreach team composed of Arab Christians and Jewish believers is setting aside their differences in order to share God’s invitation to abundant life. Pray for team members who face opposition and for Mennonite Mission Network personnel working alongside them.  

Pray for Church Without Walls, Elkhart, IN (Jon and Cora Brown, pastors). Pray for the Homeless Prevention Ministry (the shelter, food pantry and clothing distribution) and that God continues to use us to help meet needs.

DownloadMay MMN Prayer Vine

Church Notes
Sunday Service Info

This Sunday:  May 29

Clare and Merrill Krabill
Jenny and Mark Yoder

Curt Wenger
Elise Wenger

Lowell and Diane Nafziger

Nick Schrock/Merrill Krabill

Infants:  Missy Schrock, Beth & Lee Roy Berry
Toddlers:  Rafael Barahona, Anna and Joe Sawatzky

Offering Counters:
Diane Nafziger, Thelma Ramer

Next Sunday:  June 5

John and Lois Mast
Richard and Pat Miller

Lindsay Rheinheimer

Merrill and Clare Krabill Family

Ben Buckwalter/Lana Smucker

Infants:  Joy Hostetter, Laura and Randy Horst
Toddlers:  Joe Locke, Lori and Ron Good

Offering Counters:
John Hooley, Greg Smucker

Statistical Report 
(May 22)

Attendance: 148
General Fund:  $3,153.96
Agape Fund:  $10.00
Bethany 2016/17:  $55.00
College:  $50.00

General Fund Income 2015-16 YTD
Actual: $229,063.68
Budget: $214,291.00

Berkey Avenue
Mennonite Fellowship

2509 Berkey Avenue
Goshen, IN 46526
(574) 534-2398

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
Hours vary

Interim Communications and Office Manager, Jenny Hooley:
Tuesday - Friday
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Marilyn Rudy-Froese
Dan Schrock

Greg Smucker (Chairperson)
Shirley Dick
Sherm Kauffman
Anita Mounsithiraj
Richard Aguirre

Doug Baker
Richard Miller
Laverne Nafziger
Judy Weaver
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